DAKAR 1996 – Husqvarna and Tiainen, experiment almost succeeded

The cagiva Group's monocycling team wanted to compete with KTM. The experiment was entrusted to a dean of enduro competitions, Kari Tiainen. The debut was very happy; third in the dispersed acceleration test in Granada and first in the first real stage of the race. Unfortunately, once in Africa the Husqvarna monocylinder disappeared from the scene collecting, until the fifth stage where he then retired due to engine problems, placements only.

The Husqvarna brought to the race by Tiainen was prepared by the CH Racing Team. The experience was not the best. Kari retired in stage five.

The four-stroke CH Racing Team is closely derived from Jacky Martens' mo-to. Less compressed than the world cross bike, has a five-speed gearbox, a special tree balanced differently and mounts a biella a little’ longer so as to push less and consequently-mind strain less on the bench bearings.

The piston has a slightly higher plug, but a race identical to that of the cross bike. And’ oil pump has been installed, absent on the cross bike and the carter underwent an almost total change, just depending on the pump housing. The clutch is eight discs. The frame is reinforced in the area of the steering can-notth.

The Marzocchi fork is standard with a different calibration. The tank 22 litres has a bearing canvas. The electrical system is equipped with a battery, necessary for only the operation of the road book. The engine has a torque at low revs particularly effective and compared to the standard bike allows you to hold higher gears and for a period of time more much ago. The displacement is 650cc and develops more than 62 cv to the wheel. The weight of the single-cylinder 148 kg.

Gilles DESHEULLES 1984-3

Gilles DESHUELLES Dakar 1984

Gilles DESHEULLES on “Bison” 2T the Husqvarna 500 WR in Dakar 1984. In contrast to his teammate Bernard Rigoni who arrived 28° at the finish, Gilles withdrew before arriving in Dakar.


Team Stalaven Dakar 1990

In 1990 the Team Jean Stalaven He decided to choose an alternative route as far as the motion to be presented at the Dakar: put everything on lightness rather than on the power.
The choice fell on the single-cylinder engine Husqvarna 510, brought to 570 cm3 and softened in the charging curve, as regards the chassis was maintained the stock one.

The shell, designed by Michel Assis, However was revolutionary for a motorbike «African». It was in fact made up of two parts welded together in order to stiffen the whole structure keeping it extremely slim and racy, unusual aesthetics against the mastodons of the era. Result of the whole operation, an engine with around sixty horses for 130 kg dry weight, and 185 kg fully loaded: against the 250 kg of twins. A power-to-weight ratio definitely interesting on paper. Unfortunately none of the three pilots chosen to bring it to the race, Michel Merel, Laurent Charbonnel and rapid assistance Luc Pagnon saw the end of the competition.

Charbonnier 1982

Thierry Charbonnier Dakar 1982

Thierry CHARBONNIER su Husqvarna 250 2T 8 ° alla dakar 1982.

Boissonnade 1982

Alain Boissonnade Dakar 1982

Alain BOISSONNADE 9° to Dakar 1982 about Husqvarna 250 2T

Chabanette 1982

Daniel Chabanette Dakar 1982

Daniel Chabanette launched on his Husqvarna WR 249 2T. In the Edition 1982 He finished in a great 6th final position, before 2T at the finish!


Guy Bernard – Husqvarna 250

Tank, sleeping bag, Toolbox, the spirit of the first Dakar. Here Guy Bernard on Husqvarna 250 2T race Edition 1982.

Photo Gigi Soldano

Rafferty 1984

Husqvarna WR 500 1984

Not much is known about this Husqvarna 500 2 time of 1984 that was driven by Bernard Rigoni #6 and by Gilles Desheulles #5, except that the base was the WR enduro with adapted the obvious superstructures for competition in the desert. Worthy of note the colossal tank well mix 70 liters!! Desheulles did not arrive in Dakar while Raghava was ranked 28imo.